One of the greatest artist of all time. Harry Belafonte wore many hats, leading this multi-talented performer to EGOT status. His work off stage as a civil rights activist was just as important, you broke barriers to pave the way for others. I’m truly not ready to say goodbye, I always thought he’d just be there, a living legend. I’m honored that we’re both New Yorkers, both Caribbean and Pisces. You make me and so many others proud to be black. I will continue to make you proud by standing up for equality & equity, as you rest with the ancestors now. What an extraordinary life. Thank you for your contribution. What was your favorite Belafonte piece? Via: Stars Of The Screen & Whats Culture
The Boondocks is hands down one of the best animated series to ever be created, ever. It started off as one of the Sunday funnies I grew up on. When Aaron McGruder got the television deal I was hyped. For those of you unfamiliar with this pillar of the culture, it’s based on the misadventures of brothers Huey and Riley Freeman, who move into white suburbs with their grandad, after the death of their parents. Both characters are voiced by Regina King, who truly doesn’t get enough credit for this feat.
Huey is “politically sapient, and borderline militant…a self-described revolutionary left-wing radical who regularly reflects upon current events, as well as the plight of African Americans, as it relates to greater American society.”* As opposed to younger brother Riley, who admires rappers and gangsters, rather than revolutionaries. Riley is also highly intelligent, but uses his smarts for all the wrong things.
Although I have qualities of both, out of the two I’m definitely more Riley, just a nigga for no reason. To know me is to know this. I never said I was about shit, ya feel me?
In honor of Black History Month, here are the best episodes of The Boondocks in my opinion:
-Riley Wuz Here: Riley is mentored by beloved painter Bob Ross, who turns out to be far more woke and rebellious than expected. Together they make anonymous masterpieces around Woodcrest.
-Guess Hoes Coming To Dinner: Grandad, voiced by icon John Witherspoon, falls in love with a sexy young woman. Except he misses the glaringly obvious fact that she’s a hoe. Huey & Riley go through great lengths to prove it. Katt Williams makes an unforgettable cameo in this episode.
-The S Word: Riley, Grandad and Rev. Rollo Goodlove, get media attention when Riley’s teacher uses the n word. His teacher is white and they plan on suing. Thus begins the debate over what consequences should be had, if any.
-Grandad Dates A Kardashian: Okay so, this is only here due to the accuracy of that demonic family’s portrayal. The fake asses, lies, attention seeking, and need to leech off black culture like slave owners is spot on. It’s so, so fucking accurate.
-Freedomland: Grandad spends all of Huey & Riley’s money, leaving them indebted to Ed Wuncler. A reoccurring character, who now owns their home. As payment he forces them to work in his slavery themed park, “Freedomland.” Quite possibly my favorite episode of all time.
-The Passion Of Reverend Ruckus: Uncle Ruckus, a self hating black man (think Kanye, think Kodak Black), who claims to be infected with re-vitiligo, preaches on behalf of white Jesus. After having a dream where Ronald Regan greets him in “white heaven,” he doubles down on his disdain for black people. Spreading the word of white supremacy he gains a following.
-Return Of The King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awakes from a coma to find the current state of the culture isn’t what he dreamed of.
A satirical cartoon, the plots and characters are based on true events and people. The series is now on HBOMax. Watch it. You’re welcome. What are your favorite episodes? Via: Blk_Success
Everyone fighting off the work week after a three day weekend.
Via: Blonde Advisor
“We must believe in our souls that we are somebody, that we are significant, that we are worthful, and we must walk the streets of life every day with this sense of dignity and this sense of somebody-ness.
Dr. King gave that code shape, articulation, and meaning. There are big forces that want to keep the Negro down, like Jim Crow, and there are small forces that want to keep you down, like other people, and in the face of all those things, the big ones and the smaller ones, you have to stand up straight and maintain your sense of who you are…There are people who trick you and deliver emptiness with a smile, while others rob you of your self-respect. You need to remember who you are.”
Artist: Kvvadwo Obeng